A Call From My September Mailing At Last

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 5 Comments

With every call I get I know I’m getting closer and closer to my first deal.  I had pretty much given up on getting any immediate calls from my September mailing.  I usually get a quick 3 to 4 calls and then a few trickle in during the following weeks.  All you can do is just make sure you send out the follow up right? I’m not setting up anything big, just throwing out an example for those people who …

Probate Monday: Mid Month Slow Down

Scott Costello All, Probate Investing 3 Comments

Before I get started, I want to wish my beautiful bride a very happy 30th birthday today.  She is the love of my life and with out a doubt my best friend as well.  Can’t beat that combo!  In our family we like to celebrate birthdays over a week period, not just on the date itself. We get together with family, have a party with friends and do things throughout the week to make it a really special time. With …

Probate Monday: First on the List!

Scott Costello All, Blog, Lead Tracker, Probate Investing 6 Comments

Hey everyone!  This is another addition of probate Monday where I review the happenings that went on last week with my probate investing.  I got 105 letters in the mail on Friday and wasn’t expecting any calls until at least today.  To my amazement I got three calls the very next day, one at noon! The first call was the best one of the bunch.  It was a very sweet older lady who asked me if I was only interested …

Probate Monday: Some weeks just don’t go your way

Scott Costello All, Blog 16 Comments

Last week was one of those highly unproductive weeks, probably the least I’ve accomplished in quite some time, maybe my body just needed.   For those people who work a full time job and then come home and do all your Rei tasks after 6pm you’ve probably had similar weeks.  I was just beat!  I couldn’t concentrate and ended up taking naps when I got home from work on most nights and went to bed early as well. So here is …

Probate Monday: Offer Under Consideration

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 9 Comments

How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was pretty busy with family stuff but I managed to work in a few REI activities as well.  My father had back surgery to fix a herniated disc last week so I got a bit side tracked and did not realize I hadn’t updated my blog the entire week.   Hopefully everyone else was too busy getting deals to noticed. Last week I set three goals which are designed to get me closer to my first …

Probate Monday: Persistence

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 7 Comments

As a software developer for the past 9 years I’ve learned some valuable lessons about myself and what it takes to accomplish what I’ve set out to do.  Many times over the years I’ve had to figure out complicated programming tools, languages and specifications in order to achieve the final product.  For me a program that I had to struggling to make, curse at because it just wouldn’t work and want to just delete out of pure frustration is the …

Probate Monday (On Wednesday): More Letters Going Out

Scott Costello All, Blog, Lead Tracker 6 Comments

I pushed probate Monday off this week until Wednesday because I wanted to finish up and post the videos for my Lead Tracking program demonstration.  Last week was a pretty busy week, but I don’t really have anything to show for it.  Kinda frustrating to have your phone ring and come up with nothing. For those that think I don’t get down or have my doubts about investing in probate properties, I do.  It’s only natural to ride the roller …

Probate Monday: Decent response rate but frustrated

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 10 Comments

Last week was a long week and unfortunately I didn’t get much real estate related stuff accomplished.  Memorial day weekend ended with my wife getting some severe side pain and going to the emergency room.  She could not get into a comfortable position.  Luckily they took her in quickly and after trying two separate pain killers, they gave her morphine which finally took the edge off her pain.  2 hours later they found she had kidney stones.  Needless to say …

What Does That Word Mean: Testate

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 11 Comments

For people just getting into probate investing it is easy to get confused by all the legal terms such as probate, decedent, intestate, testate and executor just to name a few.  It took me a while to figure these out and when I did, it really helped me understand what I was dealing.  This series of posts called “What Does That Word Mean” is designed to explore the terms one at a time and in a way where the average …

Probate Monday: Lead Tracker

Scott Costello All, Blog, Lead Tracker 19 Comments

As I mentioned last week in Solving One Problem at a Time, I am in the process of creating a program that will help me track my probate leads, mailings and contacts.  It’s going to be an interesting project to say the least.  A ton of ideas are popping into my head all the time and my biggest challenge is going to be keeping it simple. So far here are the items that I will be including in the first …

Probate Monday: When Times Are Slow

Scott Costello All 6 Comments

I apologize for the lack of any real updates on how my probate investing has been going.  I’ve continued to send out my mailers and have been getting calls, but non have been motivated or really willing to sell at this time.  Instead of writing the same old thing every week about sending out mailers and talking about non motivated callers I’ve been trying to break down every single aspect of what I’ve been going through (talking with callers, keeping …

Probate Monday: Offering Options

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 12 Comments

The past couple weeks have been pretty slow with calls, in fact I just got my first 3 calls in the last 2 weeks today.  Unfortunately two of the calls told me to take them off the list as they either did not own the house or did not want to sell the house.  The other caller wanted to know how I knew the house was for sale since they just inherited it.  I will call this person back tomorrow …

Update on My REI Scheduled Evenings

Scott Costello All, Blog 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I came up with a schedule for myself to follow during the evenings.  It was a slotting system of  topics such as Probate Investing, Short Sales, Blog work, etc.  If you missed the post you can see it here Creating a Schedule is Not Easy. I’ve been working it for the past couple weeks and I’ve had mixed results.  It wasn’t for a lack of effort, but more because things took longer then expected or the …

Probate Monday: Inching Closer and Closer

Scott Costello All 7 Comments

New Probate Leads In Hand Last week was a pretty good week.  I got my new list of probate leads from my source and was even able to talk with the owner on the phone for about 45 minutes.  He gave me some great advice for marketing to probate leads and is an overall good guy.  Some of his tips he mentioned to me he said he had never told anyone else before.  So in honor of that I’ll keep …

Probate Monday: Passive Income Goals and General Update

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 11 Comments

Sorry I have been a  MIA this past week, I was in Breckenridge, CO for my best friends bachelor party.   Shockingly my doctor gave me the go ahead to ski if I felt up to it and you better believe if I’m going to be in Colorado in the winter I’m going to be skiing.  This was the first time I’ve been skiing in 10 years and combine that with my total inactivity over the past 7 weeks plus being …